The city of Leavenworth’s Riverfront Community Center was one of 18 projects recently selected by the Kansas Department of Transportation for inclusion in its Transportation Enhancement Program for federal fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

 


The city of Leavenworth’s Riverfront Community Center was one of 18 projects recently selected by the Kansas Department of Transportation for inclusion in its Transportation Enhancement Program for federal fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

The city’s project, which is estimated at nearly $1.5 million, encompasses replacement and restoration of all structural stonework on the exterior of the historic Union Pacific Railroad depot building. The federal participation is 80 percent of the actual total participating project construction and construction administration costs. The city will be responsible for any preliminary engineering, right-of-way and utility costs.

While plans for this restoration project are set to get under way within the next few weeks, this project is ultimately contingent on congressional authorization of KDOT Transportation Enhancement Program funds. KDOT, however, is confident that this funding will come through and has directed the city to begin the design of the project immediately.

“This is a substantial financial relief for the City of Leavenworth,” City Manager J. Scott Miller said. “Employees worked hard on the application and the renovations that will be made with this KDOT funding will be a huge asset to the community. These repairs will help ensure the Riverfront Community Center will be around for several more generations to enjoy.”

In 2009, KDOT received 55 applications from local governments for funding consideration totaling more than $42 million. The total cost for the 18 selected projects is $14.8 million, with a minimum of 20 percent of the project cost supplied from the applicant.

Under the Transportation Enhancement Program, projects include facilities for pedestrians and bicycles; pedestrian and bicycle safety and education activities; acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites; scenic or historical highway programs; landscaping and scenic beautification; historic preservation; rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities; conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails; control or removal of outdoor advertising; archaeological planning and research; and establishment of transportation museums.